For great skin and hair, you must remember to add the following food essentials including proteins, essential fatty acids (EFA), vitamins A,B,C,D,E, copper, zinc, selenium, iron, folic acid, and most important of all water. Eat foods that have high water content, it naturally provides the skin cells with the necessary moisture, which gives the top layer of your skin the right hydration.
Foods that cure skin woes
Worry: Dehydrated skin that feels taut even after external moisturisation.
Cause: Moisture imbalance in the skin cells.
Beauty food: Cucumber, watermelon, aloe vera juice
How it cures: These water rich foods have a thirst quenching and anti-inflammatory properties which provide the skin cells with hydration. Cucumber is a rich source of vitamin B, and is 95% water and rehydrates the body. On the other hand watermelon has 92% water content and is a rich source of lycopene. Both vitamin B and lycopene are important actives for sustaining healthy skin cells.
Worry: Dry, flaky skin
Cause: No emollient on the skin, lack of natural sebum
Beauty food: Tea spoon of olive or coconut oil, handful of almonds and walnuts
How it cures: We need essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and Omega 6 to ensure our skin cells are plump, and body produces natural sebum which forms a protective layer over skin. A handful of walnuts and almonds provide your body with vitamin E, an essential antioxidant that protects the ski from free radicals as well.
Worry: Fine lines that starts as soon as you hit the 30s
Cause: Natural aging process, loss of collagen under the skin
Beauty food: Red grapes, strawberries, pomegranates
How it cures: These three red fruits are rich sources of vitamin A, antioxidants and AHA which all help in slowing down collagen degeneration, fighting cell damaging free radicals, and faster skin cell renewal.
Worry: Patchy skin due to excessive sun exposure
Cause: uneven melanin production, lack of vitamin C in the body
Beauty foods: Amla ( Indian gooseberry), tomatoes, kiwi fruits, dark chocolate
How it cures: Amla is one of the most stable sources of vitamin C which is important for balancing out melanin production and has skin lightening properties. Kiwi is also rich in vitamin C and helps fight wrinkles caused by sun damage. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an important antioxidant that prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Both tomatoes and amla help in preventing photo damage to the skin caused by sun exposure.
Worry: Acne breakout
Cause: Stress, overactive oil glands, toxin build-up in the body
Beauty food: Chirata, Ginger root, neem, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin seeds
How it cures: Both chirata or Indian gentian, and ginger root help in removing toxins from the body. Soak chirata sticks in water overnight and drink it in the morning daily to detox your body. Neem is a natural antiseptic that prevents bacterial infection on the skin. A teaspoon or two of neem leaf juice might be bitter but very beneficial for clearing out blemishes. Dilute a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and sip through the day – it has a good amount of probiotics that detoxify the body. Add a dash of toasted pumpkin seeds to your salad to get your dose of zinc which helps in drying out pruritic acne.